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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following ailments does not befall the first pilot in the story "Death Drag"?

2. What building is Res Grier in charge of reshingling?

3. What is the name of the Indian man Herman Basket's sister marries?

4. Which of the following relatives does Elly live with in the story "Elly"?

5. How much money does Mannie give to Snopes after she shoots his prize mule in the story "Mule in the Yard"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Pete's family react when he is killed in combat in the story "Shall Not Perish"?

2. What happens when young Georgie goes to visit his Uncle Rodney in the story "That Will Be Fine"?

3. In the story "Lo," why is the president uncomfortable with the Native Americans who come to him for advice?

4. What mysterious events began to occur once Doom arrives back at his Indian tribe?

5. Why is Res Grier accused of arson?

6. Whom does the desirable woman in "A Courtship" decide to marry, and how does she make her decision?

7. Why do the Jefferson townsfolk pity Emily Grierson after her father dies?

8. What happens to Lucius Provine when he travels to the Indian reservation?

9. How does Nancy react to life in jail in the story "The Evening Sun"?

10. Why do the Indians come to the president's office seeking advice in the story "Lo"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The story "The Tall Men" deals with the realization that the motivations of actions are sometimes misunderstood. First, explain what the motivations of the marshal were when he came to arrest the two young boys. Then explain what the marshal assumed the motivations of the young boys were in refusing to sign up for service. Finally, explain what the marshal learned about the human condition and what motivates us all.

Essay Topic 2

"Turnabout" directly addresses the idea of prejudice in the Army during wartime. First, describe how the soldiers in this story felt about one another before spending a day in the other's shoes. Then describe the events that led up to the two soldiers experiencing a day in the other's life. Finally, describe what the soldiers realized was the same about them by the end of the story. What was still different?

Essay Topic 3

"Lo" is the only story that deals with a real, historical character in its depiction of an American president. First, describe the way the president was portrayed in this story. Then compare/contrast our country's leader to the Indian tribe leader in the story. To which group does Faulkner's historical sympathy seem to lie? How can you tell?

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